Joel had a roommate, a good friend of ours, who always cooked for an army even when it was just the two of them. Even after Joel moved out, it wouldn't be uncommon for his buddy to grill up a dozen chicken breasts and a huge dish of vegetables. Needless to say, over the summer we would go there often for cookouts to help him eat his food. He liked to cut up a bunch of veggies and potatoes and throw in some spices and grill them. They were always a delicious side to chicken or a grilled sausage. When I came across this recipe from Elly Says Opa, it reminded me of a twist on this medley of vegetables our friend makes. We had nothing going on this very cold and windy day, so we figured it was the perfect day to put the oven on and cook this meal for the 2 hours she suggests. The only thing I did differently (besides using dried parsley and dill because I couldn't find fresh) was add sliced chicken sausage links so that we could use it as a main dish. I suppose it could still be used as a meatless main dish by omitting them though. We served this with a little parmesan cheese as a garnish, and of course, hot sauce for Joel. It was delicious!!
1 Eggplant, sliced into half inch slices
2 Large Zucchini, sliced (I used 3 small-medium-ish ones)
2 Plum Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 Large Yellow or Vidalia Onion, cut in half then sliced thin (I used yellow)
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds Potatoes, peeled and sliced or cut into chunks (I only used 1-its all I had left)
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced or cut into 1 inch bites
1/2 Bunch Fresh Parsley, chopped (I just sprinkled a bunch of dried on top)
3 tablespoons Fresh Dill (I sprinkled some dried on top)
2 Chicken Sausage Links, sliced into rounds (I added this ingredient)
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Crushed Tomatoes (I used a little bit more)
1/2 cup Water
Salt & Pepper
Toss all the vegetables, sausage, salt, pepper, and herbs with the olive oil in a large pan. Mix the crushed tomatoes and water and then pour the mix over the top of the vegetables. Bake at 375 degrees for about 2 hours.